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Wired Profiles New X-Men Comic's Similarities to Akira

posted on 2010-11-05 23:36 EDT by Gia Manry
Magazine's site says character in Generation Hope spinoff resembles Akira's Tetsuo

On Thursday, Wired magazine's website began hosting a preview of the second issue from Marvel's Uncanny X-Men spinoff Generation Hope, which the site describes as "lifting" the psychic character Tetsuo from Katsuhiro Otomo's manga and anime film Akira. The second issue, which will be released on December 1, takes place in Tokyo just like Akira. The first issue from the series was released this week.

In 2007, rapper Kanye West released a music video titled "Strong," which was later confirmed by the video's director to have been inspired by Akira. In 2008, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported that Warner Brothers and Appian Way are planning live-action Hollywood adaptation of the manga. The Hughes brothers have been attached to direct, followed by screenwriter Albert Torres.

Otomo serialized the original manga in Japan from 1982 to 1990, and then he directed the 1987 anime film adaptation. Kodansha recently re-released the first three volumes of the original manga in English, with the fourth due out on November 30.

Thanks to Xenos for the tip.

Image © 1988 Mushroom / Akira Committee


This article has a follow-up: X-Men Spinoff Writer Addresses Akira Similarities (2011-01-11 21:07)

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